New Korean dramas in June 2021

The first half of 2021 has served us with many memorable K-dramas, from the quietly thrilling Beyond Evil to the melodramatic Penthouse. With the new month finally here, here are 9 new Korean dramas in June 2021 that you can look forward to.

1. The Penthouse 3: War in Life

korean drama june 2021 - penthouse 3
Image credit: SBS

Main Cast:

  • Lee Ji-ah as Shim Su-ryeon
  • Kim So-yeon as Cheon Seo-jin
  • Eugene as Oh Yoon-hee

The Penthouse: War in Life is a drama that takes place in Hera Palace, a luxury apartment complex with 100 floors. Of course, located at the top floor is the titular penthouse. The series follows 3 mothers who will do anything for their children, even if it has to involve some sort of crime.

Following the success of the past 2 seasons, Penthouse will be returning for a 3rd season. To commemorate the 3rd season, there will be a special broadcast on 2nd June. The children of Hera Palace, Secretary Do, Secretary Jo, and Secretary Hong will discuss what viewers can expect in the 3rd season.

Catch the long-awaited teaser below:

[펜트하우스3] 티저 "로건이 죽었어! 거기 분명 누군가 있었어!"_6월 4일[금] 밤 10시 첫방송' / 'The Penthouse3' Teaser | SBS NOW
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[펜트하우스3] 티저 "로건이 죽었어! 거기 분명 누군가 있었어!"_6월 4일[금] 밤 10시 첫방송' / 'The Penthouse3' Teaser | SBS NOW

Video credit: SBS NOW / SBS 공식채널

Korean title: 펜트하우스 Ⅲ
Genre: Thriller, drama, family life
Airs on: 4th June

2. Next Door Witch J

korean drama june 2021 - next door witch j
Image credit: WATCHA

Main Cast:

  • Park Ji-yeon as Seo Je-yi
  • Lee Tae-sun as Lee Woo-bin
  • Jang Eui Soo as Lee Tae-kyung
  • Go Sung-min as Oh Oh-young

Next Door Witch J is a romance web drama series about the K-beauty content creation industry. The story revolves around Seo Je-yi, who’s played by T-ARA’s Ji-yeon. Je-yi is an A-list beauty content creator for the YouTube channel named Next Door Witch J. Her honest personality is a key factor in her channel’s success. 

In one of Je-yi’s videos, she uses products from a budding cosmetics start-up and the CEO of the company, Lee Woo-bin, has a crush on Je-yi. He struggles with socialising with others, but goes out of his comfort zone in hopes of getting to know Je-yi better. Lee Woo-bin will be played by Lee Tae-sun. He is known for playing Yeon-woo, Jang Man-wol’s best friend in her past life, in Hotel Del Luna.

Jang Eui-soo will be acting as Lee Tae Kyung, the handsome director of MCN, an agency that manages beauty content creators. He has a one-sided love for Je-yi and ends up fighting for Je-yi’s heart against Woo-bin. We last saw Eui-soo in Oh My Ladylord as Park Gun-ho, an employee from KT Cosmetics.

Go Sung-min will play Oh Oh-young, Je-yi’s rival. Je-yi used to look up to her, but Oh-young got complacent and the quality of her videos dropped, allowing Je-yi to overtake her and rise to fame.

You can catch this web drama on Viki or WeTV.

Korean title: 옆집 마녀 제이
Genre: Romance, drama
Airs on: 4th June

3. Love (ft. Marriage & Divorce) 2

korean drama june 2021 - love (ft. marriage and divorce) 2
Image credit: TV Chosun

Main Cast:

  • Sung Hoon as Pan Sa-hyun
  • Lee Ga-ryeong as Boo Hye-ryeong
  • Lee Tae-gon as Shin Yoo-shin
  • Park Joo-mi as Sa Pi-young
  • Jeon No-min as Park Hae-ryun
  • Jeon Soo-kyeong as Lee Si-eun

Love (ft. Marriage & Divorce) revolves around 3 married couples in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, and the string of affairs that take place in each relationship.

The 1st season was split into 2 parts, each part showing the marital struggles from the wives and husbands’ point of view. In the 2nd season, we can expect to see the aftermath of the affairs. 

The teaser shows Boo Hye-ryeong confronting Pan Sa-hyun about his affair, asking how far he went with his mistress, Song Won. We also see Lee Si-eun threatening to punish Park Hae-ryun if he hurts their kids with his affair he commits. Finally, Shin Yoo-shin gets questioned by Sa Pi-young while on a horseback riding date with his mistress, Ah Mi.

Check out the teaser for Love (ft. Marriage & Divorce) II here:

이제 그들만의 광시곡이 시작된다_결혼작사 이혼작곡2_티저 TV CHOSUN 210612 방송
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이제 그들만의 광시곡이 시작된다_결혼작사 이혼작곡2_티저 TV CHOSUN 210612 방송

Video credit: TVCHOSUN

Korean title: 결혼작사 이혼작곡 II
Genre: Romance, drama, family
Airs on: 12th June

4. At A Distance, Spring Is Green

korean drama june 2021 - at a distance, spring is green
Image credit: KBS

Main Cast:

  • Park Ji-hoon as Yeo Joon
  • Kang Min-ah as Kim So-Bin 
  • Bae In-hyuk as Nam Soo-hyun

At A Distance, Spring Is Green is a live adaptation of the coming-of-age webtoon of the same name. The story depicts the lives of 3 college students, Yeo Joon, Kim So-bin, and Nam Soo-hyun, who struggle with real-life issues as they get through university. 

Yeo Joon is a 1st-year student who is well-loved by many, save for his parents. So-bin, a 3rd-year student, lives with her divorced father. Soo-hyun, a handsome 3rd-year student who achieves good grades, struggles to keep his life afloat due to poor finances.

Check out the teaser below:

[2차 티저] #멀리서보면푸른봄 l 웹툰의 실사화! 캐릭터 티저 대 공개!  6월 14일 밤 9시 30분 kBS 2TV 첫방송
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[2차 티저] #멀리서보면푸른봄 l 웹툰의 실사화! 캐릭터 티저 대 공개! 6월 14일 밤 9시 30분 kBS 2TV 첫방송

Video credit: 빅토리콘텐츠

Korean title: 멀리서 보면 푸른 봄
Genre: Friendship, romance, slice-of-life
Airs on: 14th June
Available on: iQiyi

5. Monthly Magazine Home

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Image credit: JTBC

Main Cast:

  • Jung So-min as Na Young-won
  • Kim Ji-seok as Yoo Ja-sung

Monthly Magazine Home is a rom-com that follows the lives of Na Young-won, the editor of a lifestyle magazine called Monthly Home, and Yoo Ja-sung, who is the CEO of the magazine.

Young-won stays in a rental home and has the mindset that home is a place to live in. On the other hand, Ja-sung thinks that you can make a profit out of your home by selling it.

After the 2 cross paths, their mindsets towards the idea of “home” changes, and romance blossoms as they get more involved with each other’s lives.

Catch the teaser here:

[캐릭터 티저] 당신에게.. 집이란? 정소민X김지석의 내 집 마련 로맨스💗 〈월간 집〉 06/16 첫 방송!
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[캐릭터 티저] 당신에게.. 집이란? 정소민X김지석의 내 집 마련 로맨스💗 〈월간 집〉 06/16 첫 방송!

Video credit: JTBC Drama

Korean title: 월간 집
Genre: Comedy, romance, drama
Airs on: 16th June
Available on: iQiyi

6. Hospital Playlist 2

korean drama june 2021 - hospital playlist 2
Image credit: tvN

Main cast:

  • Cho Jung-seok as Lee Ik-joon
  • Yoo Yeon-seok as Ahn Jeong-won
  • Jung Kyung-ho as Kim Jun-wan
  • Kim Dae-myung as Yang Seok-hyeong
  • Jeon Mi-do as Chae Song-hwa

Hospital Playlist is a drama that follows the lives of 5 doctors who are also long-time friends. This drama gives us a realistic insight into the lives of medical professionals and allows us to empathise with them. 

The 1st season of Hospital Playlist ended with a few cliffhangers – did Song-hwa accept Ik-joon’s confession? Where is Ahn Chi-hong going? We hope to see these questions answered in Hospital Playlist 2.

Fans were previously treated to a spin-off, titled Wise Camping Life, where the 5 friends went on a camping trip together. 

The season 2 teaser promises more stories that will warm our hearts, and of course, the 5 friends will be jamming at band practice at Seok-hyeong’s.

Check out the teaser here:

[1차 티저] 조금 더 깊고, 조금 더 따뜻하게! 6월 17일, {슬기로운 의사생활 시즌 2}가 돌아옵니다 #슬기로운의사생활시즌2 EP.0
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[1차 티저] 조금 더 깊고, 조금 더 따뜻하게! 6월 17일, {슬기로운 의사생활 시즌 2}가 돌아옵니다 #슬기로운의사생활시즌2 EP.0

Video credit: tvN DRAMA

Korean title: 슬기로운 의사생활 2
Genre: Medical, friendship, slice-of-life
Airs on: 17th June 

7. Nevertheless

korean drama june 2021 - nevertheless
Image credit: JTBC

Main Cast:

  • Song Kang as Park Jae-un
  • Han So-hee as Yoo Na-bi 
  • Chae Jong Hyeop as Yang Do Hyuk

Nevertheless is a K-drama based on a webtoon of the same name. 

It follows 2 college students named Yoo Na-bi and Park Jae-un, and the story will explore the 2 going out of their comfort zone. Na-bi is hesitant to fall in love again after a failed relationship, and Jae-un attempts to express his emotions better.

Song Kang will be starring as the flirtatious Park Jae-un. Jae-un prefers to participate in flings than be in committed relationships. Starring alongside Song Kang is Han So-hee, and she will be playing Yoo Na-bi. Na-bi attempts to move on from her ex after seeing him cheat on her, and she meets Jae-un in the process. 

Watch the teaser of Nevertheless here:

[티저] 송강X한소희 이별을 한 순간 운명처럼 만난 두 사람💕 〈알고있지만,〉 6/19 (토) 밤 11시 첫 방송!
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[티저] 송강X한소희 이별을 한 순간 운명처럼 만난 두 사람💕 〈알고있지만,〉 6/19 (토) 밤 11시 첫 방송!

Video credit: JTBC Drama

Korean title: 알고있지만
Genre: Romance, drama
Airs on: 19th June

8. Voice 4

korean drama june 2021 - voice 4
Image credit: tvN

Main Cast:

  • Lee Ha-na as Kang Kwon-joo
  • Song Seung-heon as Derek Jo

Voice is a rollercoaster ride of a drama – it follows the team at the 112 Emergency Call Centre as they solve crimes through voice analysis and the power of their hearing. This drama has achieved superb ratings for the past 3 seasons, and hence, a 4th season was secured.

We see Lee Ha-na return as Kang Kwon-joo, a professional voice profiler with enhanced hearing. Season 4 introduces a new character, Derek Jo, played by Song Seung-heon. Derek Jo is from the Los Angeles Police Department and joins hands with the Golden Time team.

In Voice 4, the Golden Time team will be up against a serial killer with abilities just as sharp as Kwon-joo’s, and a new string of challenges await them.

The teaser for Voice 4 was rather unique as it allows fans to place themselves in the shoes of the Golden Time team as they listen to a voice recording of a victim sent by the serial killer.

Check it out below:

[티저] 송승헌X이하나, 생명을 지키기 위한 네 번째 골든타임 공조! #보이스시즌4 EP.0
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[티저] 송승헌X이하나, 생명을 지키기 위한 네 번째 골든타임 공조! #보이스시즌4 EP.0

Video credit: tvN DRAMA

Korean title: 보이스4: 심판의 시간
Genre: Crime, thriller
Airs on: 19th June
Available on: iQiyi

9. No One But A Madman

korean drama june 2021 - no one but a madman
Image credit: MBC

Main Cast:

  • Jung Jae-young as Choi Ban-seok
  • Moon So-ri as Dang Ja-young
  • Lee Sang-yeob as Han Se-kwon
  • Kim Nam-hee as Shin Han-Soo

No One But A Madman follows a group of workers in Hanmyung Electronics, an engineering company. The drama centers on Choi Ban-seok, who has been with the company for over 20 years and has a good relationship with his colleagues. 

Later, the company faces a crisis and has to let go of some of its staff. To save himself from being dismissed, Ban-seok ends up getting transferred to the HR department. There, he meets Dang Ja-young, the 1st female executive in Hanmyung Electronics. 

Ban-seok and Ja-young face a series of difficulties as they interact with each other at work, but they learn more about themselves in the process. 

Korean title: 미치지 않고서야
Genre: Workplace, drama
Airs on: 23rd June

Upcoming Korean dramas in June 2021

We’ll be seeing new Korean dramas and recent favourites making their return in June 2021, and it’s only a matter of time till they air their 1st episode. We look forward to binge on these dramas soon!

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Cover image adapted from: SBS, tvN, and JTBC

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